by Cindy Del Rio, VigorBuddy.com |
In April 2014, 80’s pop icon Debbie Gibson flew to Chile for two sold-out shows. Being in a new generation of social media users, Debbie had a great idea of sharing the photos and videos on her blog.
However, she a surprise reaction from her fans.
Her fans noticed her almost skeletal appearance and some even bashed her for it.
“Some were just plain mean and ignorant,” she told People magazine.
Finally, she knew she had to tell her fans what was really up about a health challenge she has been facing.
“Last year, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease,” she writes on her blog. “It is an elusive disease that disguises itself as many other things, and creates a lot of pain and discomfort.”
“The first symptoms came in the form of food sensitivities,” she continues. “I found I could not touch sugar, starch, caffeine, certain oils, etc. without having a severe reaction that felt like electricity running through my body.”
Debbie went through various symptoms from nerve pain, numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, night sweats, fever, nerve tremors, nightmares and migraines. She was rapidly losing a lot of weight.
“At times, my boyfriend would insist I eat some pasta and butter, even though I did not feel great doing it,” she says. ” ‘You need to gain weight,’ he would say. My spine was frail and unprotected.”
Debbie even went to get Botox to smooth out the deep lines in her forehead. However, it just “wreaked havoc on my physical and mental state,” she said.
Finally, she found a “Lyme-literate doctor” who started treating her for the disease. ”
The doctor put Gibson on an intense round of antibiotics and other medications. As her body has responded to the treatment, Gibson says she’s getting back to normal.
“I actually feel like me again,” she says. “We all face challenges and I am learning much from the ones I am facing. No disease in the body can keep the spirit from soaring, the love from pouring, and nothing can stop the music!”
Last year, Debbie was one of the “experts” on the ABC singing competition show Sing Your Face Off, where five celebrities were each given a new artist to impersonate every week, and undergo a physical and vocal transformation in order to accomplish that.